Volunteer, Leadership & Mission Work
Volunteer and mission work has always been an integral part of my being. From my early days at the church as a part of Mission Trips to service work in college, giving my time to those around me has truly made an impact on my life. This part of my life is something I plan to continue on in my career years, and through that I hope to make a difference in the lives of those around me.
Mission trip to Colorado Springs, CO
While working with Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church in Overland Park, Kansas in the summer of 2018, we took the youth group to Colorado Springs, Colorado for the annual Mission & Music Trip. During our time there we served three organizations including: Women of Courage, Concrete Couch and the Rocky Mountain Field Institute.
Head Coach of the Missouri Venom Softball Team
In the spring of 2016, I chose to begin coaching a recreational team in Columbia, MO. After just one season, I knew that being a softball coach was going to be an intrinsic part of my life. That August, I started my own 16u Travel Softball Team from scratch, developing advertisements, hosting tryouts, managing budgets, coaching the girls and developing the schedule.
President of the Chronic Project
The purpose of our organization is to provide a safe and positive space for students with chronic illnesses, chronic health conditions, and chronic pain to come together, talk, and support one another. Along with being a support for one another, we also hope to be a group that advocates, educates and works together to be a group on campus that can change the way our world views disability and chronic illness. One goal we truly want is to break the view of, “it’s just a phase” for issues with Chronic Illness and Disability. With every day, more and more students come in contact with fellow students, friends and family members living in the chronic category.
Committee Member and Dancer for MizzouThon
I personally raised over $2,500 over two and a half years for the MU Children's Hospital here in Columbia, MO as a part of MizzouThon.
Since 2008, we have worked with the MU Children's Hospital to support pediatric patients in mid-Missouri. In our inaugural year, we donated $13,500. In March of 2016, we hit $304,604.60, but our level of emotional support has never changed.
In a bold gesture of support, MizzouThon signed a $1 million pledge to fund the renovation of the largest Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) in mid-Missouri. We view this as a way of investing in the tiniest of patients. It is part of an effort to ensure a bright future for not only these small patients as individuals, but to ensure a bright future for our world, as these kids are our future leaders, educators, innovators and caretakers.
MizzouThon is the largest student-run philanthropy at the University of Missouri. We work year-round to provide support, both financially and emotionally, to pediatric patients in mid-Missouri. We believe that every child deserves the right to be a kid.
Everything we do is FTK: For The Kids.
Chancellor's Standing Committee on Residential Life
The charge to the Residential Life Committee is to advise the vice chancellor for Student Affairs on the enhancement and promotion of student learning through communities such as Freshman Interest Groups, Residential Colleges and other learning communities. It also serves to advise the vice chancellor on programs, services and policies regarding the residence halls and other University-recognized residences.
Sigma Phi Lambda
Sigma Phi Lambda is a Christian sorority that strives to glorify God by providing a source of fellowship for college women who sincerely seek to know His person, His will, and His ways. It is a non-denominational organization of sisters where fellowship with our most high God is fostered by growth in unity with one another. Through weekly meetings that include worship, encouragement, fellowship, and accountability, Phi Lamb provides an alternative to panHellenic sororities.
Our heart and passion can by summed up in our sorority verse, Romans 15:5-6:
"May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you a spirit of unity among yourselves as you follow Christ Jesus so that with one heart and one mouth you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ."
I served as Recruitment Director and Big/Little Coordinator during my semesters in Phi Lamb.
Trusted Drive for STRIPES
Founded in 2001, STRIPES has grown to become a staple of the University of Missouri and the city of Columbia. STRIPES, a safe ride program, stands for Supportive Tigers Riding In Pursuit of Ensuring Safety, and is completely student-run. MU students and their guests can call for a free, safe, and confidential ride home on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights during the fall and spring academic semesters. Calls are accepted starting at 10 p.m. and no new rides are accepted after 3 a.m.
I worked as one of the many drivers throughout the year, I had to apply, interview and be accepted.
Mexico Mission Trip with Casas por Cristo
After incredibly short notice, I jumped on a flight only knowing one person and flew to Texas and then drove into Acuna, Mexico to help build a house for a deserving family in only four days. This week long mission was spent working along side the family to create a house with electricity, insulation and windows in a place where most families live in huts. Casas por Cristo raises money and sponsors groups to build houses.
Junior Counselor at Camp Lakeview
After being a camper for six years at Camp Lakeview, I spent three summers being a junior counselor for two weeks each summer! This program introduced campers to the counselor lifestyle with more responsibility, allowing each JC to be a part of a cabin or another part of camp (such as a wrangler, which is a program I worked in for two summers with the horses and campers).
Youth Mission Trips with Faith Presbyterian Church
Over 7 years I went on 7 mission trips with the Faith Presbyterian youth group. We traveled all around the country working at many different types of sites including:
Harlan, KY; New Orleans, LA; Camp Westminister, MI; Bethesda, OH; Cincinnati, OH; and Asheville, NC multiple summers.